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Weast Family

Ernest Weast

“Grandpa Weast”

This photo was discovered 10/30/2001

in an album that once belonged to my great grand mother.

Only after removing it from the album, was his identity discovered.

Ernest died in Humbolt County California

at the age of 41 of Sarcoma.

Ernest was the son of Arthur Weast and Mamie Maud (Bishop) Weast.

John Kyle Weast and Margaret Day *

Rachel’s G-G-G- Grand parents

* Photos courtesy of Kenneth Miller

a new cousin discovered 2/20/2002

The following was taken from a book on the history

and the pioneers of of Colusa Co. Caifornia

and provided by cousin Helen Hutsell of Chico Ca.

COLUSA AND GLENN COUNTIES

John KYLE WEAST

To have lived in one community for more than half a century is a record equaled by few men in Colusa County; and to have attained the age of ninety years, and still be in touch with all the up-to-date movements of one’s community, is the lot of but few of the sons of men.

This is the record of John Kyle Weast,who was  born in Lycoming County, Pa., April 15, 1827. He has been an eyewitness to all of the wonderful development of the county since 1866, seeing it develop from a vast cattle range to ,waving grain fields, to be still later brought under more

intensive cultivation. ‘The large ranches of the early days have beensplitup into smaller tracts; and fruit and dairy interests now pervade the country, bringing in large revenues to the ranchmen. Latest of all is the development of rice lands from the sheep pastures that for years were thought

to be worthless. All of this,and more, has been witnessed by  Mr. Weast, now one of there tired citizens of Colusa County. Mr. Weast is a descendant of an old pioneer family in America. His grandfather, Abraham Weast, was born in Tioga County,N. Y., and married a Miss Mudge, a lady of German extraction, whose family were represented among the very earliest German

settlers of New York ,State. She was a daughter of a soldier who served in the French and Indian Wars, and in the Revolutionary struggle, from the Battle of Bunker Hill to the close of the war.

Abraham Weast died in a block house in Pennsylvania. He had a son Joshua, a native of Tioga County, and by trade a cabinet-maker, who migrated to Indiana as early as 1834 and settled in Laporte County when that region was in its primeval condition. He cleared land and improved a farm, on which he lived for many years; but eventually he came to California,where be spent his last days. He died at the home of his son, John K. Weast, in Colusa County, when in his eighty – first y ear. His wife, Isabella Kyle, was born in Pennsylvania, a daughter of John Kyle, a farmer. She died in Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Weast became the parents of four children, of whom John K was the oldest, and the only one to settle on the Pacific Coast.

When John K. Weast was a lad of seven years of age, his parents went to Indiana, and his earliest recollections are associated with the development there of a raw tract of  land. When he was eighteen, he began working for the farmers in his section of the county, receiving ten dollars a month

for his services. In 1846 he left Indiana, and went to Illinois to assist in moving some of his relatives to McHenry County, passing through the present site of Chicago when that city was an insignificant town, without visible indications’ of its future greatness. Subsequently he

resumed work in Indiana as a farm hand.

On February 4, 1850, Mr. Weast went to New York, intending to take ship for California. It was not until March 16 that he was able to get passage on the boat Georgia for Chagres. From there he went up the Chagres River a short distance, and then walked the remaining distance, twenty-two miles, across the Isthmus of Panama. It was six weeks and two days before he could

get passage on a steamer there, and meanwhile expenses were very high. Finally he became a passenger on the Columbus, which cast anchor in San Francisco on June 4. Soon after landing he went to the mines in Eldorado County, and while working there a season he was a member of the election board during the exciting time of voting for statehood. His next

location was Kelsey’s Diggings, after which he was at Weaver’s Creek, and later on the Feather River; and still later he went to Downieville.

In December 1851, he went to the Suisun Valley. Abandoning the precarious occupation of mining, he here took up agricultural pursuits, making a specialty of raising grain. Two years later he went to the Sacramento River and took up what he supposed was government land. He made valuable improvements on the property and tilled the soil assiduously for the following nine years, only to discover that the property was part of a land grant, and that he must lose it. The experience was discouraging; but soon afterwards, in 1866, he settled on a ranch lying seven miles north of Colusa,

where for many years he tilled the soil, meeting with a fair degree of success.

He became the owner of some three hundred twenty-three acres in his home place, and of a tract of one hundred fifty-two acres located not far distant. This entire property he devoted to the raising of cattle, hogs, grain and alfalfa. He cleared the land  from the thick growth of timber that grew along the river, and during the winter of 1867-1868 superintended the cutting of two thousand cords of wood, which he sold to the steamboats

that were running on the river at that time. When the stumps were removed and burned, he found himself the possessor of as fine a tract of land as could be found anywhere in the state. Besides this land he bought a ranch of one hundred sixty acres in Modoc County, located in the Little Hot Springs Valley.

In September, 1913, Mr. Weast sold his ranch on the Sacramento River and spent a few months in Modoc County; but he returned to a place near Colusa to spend the winter. In the spring of 1914 he bought the ranch upon which he now resides, which consists of seven hundred twenty acres in the Antelope Valley. He moved onto it; and with the aid of his son, Byron, who is managing the place, he here is raising cattle, sheep, hogs and grain.

The marriage of Mr. Weast was celebrated in Colusa County on August 22, 1866, when he was united with )Margaret Day, a native of Illinois, a daughter of Nathaniel and Rhoby (Green) Day, natives of Maine and New York, respectively. In 1855 the Day family crossed the plains from Illinois to California and settled, first, in Colusa County, but later moved

to Modoc County, where both Mr. and Mrs. Day died, the former at the age of ninety-three years. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Weast there were eight children: , Walter H., now in Shasta County; Henry, who died at the age of two and a half years; Rhoby, who married Charles Coleman, and died,

leaving four children; Rachel, Mrs. Lampier of Colusa. the mother of seven children; Arthur, a farmer near Glenn, who has nine children; Mary J., who died, aged six years; Flora, Mrs. Yates, who has four children and who, with her husband, is on the home ranch; and Byron, manager of the home place. Mr. and Mrs. Weast have twenty-seven grandchildren and three

great-grandchildren. Mrs. Weast is a good manager, and has been a most able assistant to her husband. They are liberal supporters of all progressive movements, are hospitable and open-hearted, and are enjoying life to the full among the many friends they have made during their long years of residence in Colusa County.

Photo courtesy of cousin Helen Hutsell of Chico Ca.


Betty Irene Weast

( Fletcher – Norris)

This photo was her Senior class photo.

This photo taken in 1940 at the

San Francisco Exposition.

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